Thank You for Making the 17th Annual Fitzgerald Benefit Dinner a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on November 17th at the beautiful Grace restaurant in Portland to support Maine's longest-standing gun violence prevention organization. South Portland Police Chief Ed Googins received the Fitzgerald Award in front of a sold-out crowd that included elected officials, law enforcement, doctors, mothers, fathers, and students.  

The award is named for the late Buzz Fitzgerald, who co-¬≠founded the Maine Gun Safety Coalition with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and attorney William Harwood following the Columbine High School Massacre in 1999. It was only fitting that we celebrated the end of an incredible year of growth by featuring Congresswoman Pingree as the guest speaker and announcing that Harwood would take the reigns as MGSC President. 

The Fitzgerald dinner supports our education programs, legislative initiatives, and our Free Trigger Locks Giveaway program. Thank you to our sponsors Benchmark MaineBrowne TradingCD&M CommunicationsDavid Wood ClothiersGrace RestaurantHugo's Restaurant, and Murray Plumb and Murray.

You can see pictures from the Fitzgerald Award Dinner and other 2016 events here.

TEDx: Gone But Not Forgotten

Portland Police Chief and MGSC Board Member Michael Sauschuck shares what he has learned about preventing drug overdoses and reducing gun violence during his 19-year career with the Portland PD.

Gun violence prevention isn't just about fixing loopholes in current gun laws or doing a better job of enforcing the gun laws already on the books. If we are going to reduce the number of firearm-related homicides and suicides, we must recognize how Maine's substance abuse problem contributes to the problem. In addition to alcohol and opioid abuse being linked to gun violence, the trafficking of heroin into our state and guns out of our state are closely linked. We are fortunate to have data-driven and forward-thinking law enforcement like Chief Sauschuck protecting and serving Maine citizens.

Gun Violence in Maine Conference

In partnership with the American Bar Association and the University of Southern Maine, the Maine Gun Safety Coalition organized a one-day conference about how best to respond to gun violence in Maine. You can stream the following two panels: Public Health Panel: Do Education and Prevention Work? and Criminal Justice Panel: Do Background Checks Work?

TV Host Bill Green moderated panels that included David Hemenway of Harvard School of Public Health, Past AMA President Dr. Robert McAfee, Dr. Daniel Meyer of Maine Medical Center, State Reps. Lois Reckitt and Mark Dion, and many more.